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Andrew McAdams is a criminal defense attorney in Utah with extensive background in criminal law and trial practice. He served as a full-time felony prosecutor in Arizona and Utah for eight years, handling thousands of felony and misdemeanor criminal charges at every level of court proceeding and successfully taking numerous cases to jury trial. He proudly defends clients throughout the State of Utah as part of the criminal defense team at Canyons Law Group.

Over the last decade, he's also taught criminal justice and law courses to college students and spent nearly two years exclusively teaching law students as a full-time law school professor. He has taught the law to hundreds of students.

As a criminal defense attorney, Andrew McAdams combines practical courtroom and trial skills together with his academic training to provide you with a strategic and sophisticated defense. He'll fight for you because he's dedicated to the concept of defending individual rights and working to ensure fairness in the criminal justice system.

Benefits of hiring a former prosecutor

If you, or someone you love, has been arrested or charged with a crime in Utah, you need a defense attorney with plenty of experience in the courtroom. When you hire an experienced former prosecutor, you know that your lawyer will have the necessary skills to defend you. A former prosecutor brings many unique benefits to your defense including extensive trial and courtroom experience, a solid understanding of prosecution techniques, deep knowledge of the criminal justice system, familiarity with police investigation tactics, and a clear understanding of local court rules and procedures. Please click here, or call now, to schedule a free consultation today.

Extensive Trial and Courtroom Experience

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Not every lawyer has gone to trial. Many lawyers have never even been to court and some are afraid of going to trial. Former prosecutors have appeared in court hundreds, if not thousands, of times. They have handled all kinds of criminal court hearings including jury trials, preliminary hearings, and bail hearings, among many others. They've handled a wide variety of criminal matters ranging from the smallest of misdemeanors to the most serious felony cases. As a former prosecutor, Andrew McAdams has appeared in court countless times arguing countless cases including first degree murder, DUI homicide, child abuse homicide, aggravated assault, felony drug distribution and possession, burglary, arson, serious sex offense, and many more. He enjoys trial work and has extensive experience working with Utah juries. All of this experience is a tremendous asset in your defense. Schedule your free consultation today.


Solid Understanding of Prosecution Techniques

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Former prosecutors have tried cases on both sides of the courtroom. They are familiar with how the prosecution decides whether to file charges, decides whether to dismiss charges, how they gather and presents evidence, how they negotiate plea offers, and how they prepare for trial. As a criminal defense attorney, Andrew McAdams applies all of his experience as a former prosecutor. He works to keep all options on the table, aggressively preparing each case for trial defense while also using his experience to carefully negotiate the most favorable settlement options for his clients. He understands how a prosecutor conducts a jury trial in addition to knowing the types of things that prosecutors consider for extending more favorable plea offers. At the end of the day, the client chooses whether to go to trial or pursue other options. With McAdams Law PLLC, you'll know that all options are on the table and aggressively pursued. Schedule your free consultation today.



Deep Knowledge of the Criminal Justice System

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Trying cases on both sides of the courtroom gives an attorney a full and complete understanding of the criminal justice system. Former prosecutors can educate you and help you better understand what to expect and how to navigate the twists and turns that often come in criminal cases. Former prosecutors have a solid understanding of the risks and benefits of going to trial, whether plea negotiations can be more favorable, and other options that might be available besides simply going to trial or taking a plea. Aside from taking many cases to trial and negotiating thousands of plea agreements, Andrew McAdams is familiar with additional options that might bring favorable results for his clients. As a former prosecutor, Andrew McAdams has deep knowledge of other options in the criminal justice system including pleas in abeyance, expungement, and therapy based options like drug court and mental health court for resolving criminal matters. Deep knowledge of the criminal justice system will strengthen your defense. Schedule your free consultation today.


Familiarity with Police Officer Techniques

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Former prosecutors have worked closely with law enforcement at all stages of the criminal case. They have often provided counsel and helped in directing police investigations, obtaining search warrants, investigating crime scenes, collecting evidence, questioning witnesses, and interrogating suspects.

As a former prosecutor, Andrew McAdams directed undercover investigations relating to large scale business fraud, identity theft, and human smuggling. He also regularly worked with police and law enforcement in matters pertaining to individual criminal investigations and matters. Having this experience on your side will help you better understand what's happening and give assurance that you are being treated fairly. Schedule your free consultation today.


Understanding of Local Courts

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Former prosecutors have experience working in courts at all levels of the criminal justice system. They understand procedures and local rules necessary to successfully navigate your case. As a former prosecutor, Andrew McAdams has appeared in a wide variety of criminal courts including the county district courts, juvenile courts, felony drug court, mental health court, and city misdemeanor courts (justice court). He's comfortable speaking with judges and court staff through his many court appearances through the years. He can help you find peace of mind knowing that your case is being handled correctly. Schedule your free consultation today.

Experience & Affiliations

  • Member, Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Salt Lake City, UT.

  • Felony Prosecutor, Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Phoenix, AZ.

  • Felony Prosecutor, Cache County Attorney's Office, Logan, UT.

  • Full-time Faculty, Charlotte School of Law, Charlotte, NC.

  • Curator's Intern, Supreme Court of the United States of America, Washington, DC.

  • Law Clerk (White-Collar Defense), Arkin Kaplan LLC, New York, NY.

  • Criminal Defense Student Attorney, Ohio State Criminal Defense Clinic, Columbus, OH.

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Phoenix.

Bar Admissions

  • Utah

  • North Carolina

  • Arizona (retired)




  • Bachelor of Science - University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.

  • Juris Doctorate - The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.


Academic Distinctions

  • National Moot Court Competitor.

  • Mock Trial Team.

  • Best Brief Winner, National Moot Court Regional Competition.

  • Award for Best in Trial Practice Class.

  • First Runner-Up, Ohio State Mock Trial Competition.

  • Conference Presenter, New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers hosted by the Suffolk University School of Law, Boston, MA.